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Dad Witnesses His Daughter Get Dumped - So He Tells Her to "Be the Bull"

The end of a relationship is rarely easy, especially when you're not the one doing the ending. When college student Fallon Thompson recently "got dumped" she was understandably heartbroken. But lucky for her, there IS one person she can always depend on...her dad. And he was right there to pick up the pieces of her broken heart with words of wisdom that have gone viral. Because they're THAT GOOD.

Man Pressured to Leave Overweight Girlfriend  So He Did What He Should Have Done a Long Time Ago
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Man Pressured to Leave Overweight Girlfriend So He Did What He Should Have Done a Long Time Ago

After sharing a sweet anniversary post with the world, teenagers Emily Phillips and her high school sweetheart, Aidan Harrison, were harassed online for the worst reason. Over the course of two years, Phillips had put on a "significant" amount of weight. The comments called her "too fat." Thousands of strangers urged her boyfriend to "leave her."They Said Her Weight Gain Was “Disrespecting” Her Man@emphillipx/TikTokWhen Phillips posted a sweet "time jump" anniversary carousel for her friends and family, she had no idea the post would go viral — and the horrific backlash they would receive. Phillips innocently shared a photo from their first date titled "Day 1." Next to it, she posted a recent photo titled, "Day 884." "I'm so happy to experience a love like ours, and know what love is," she captioned the post. In both photos it's clear the couple are very in love. They are holding each other and smiling big — but that's not what the rest of the world saw.Instead, they saw a confident woman, comfortable in her skin at any size — and they wanted to tear her down. The comments were sexist, cruel, and endless. Many of the comments were written by men (probably without girlfriends) writing about how unworthy of love this beautiful, young, woman was, simply because of her weight. One Twitter user — who we can only assume is a men's rights activist — went on to write, "This is why you need to be on top of everything as a man to ensure that things such as this do not happen." Some Twitter users speculated that perhaps Phillips was pregnant. Implying that this alone would justify her weight gain — that a woman is only exempt from having the "perfect" body, if she is with child. It's impossible as a woman, to look through the hateful comments Phillips received, and not have your blood boil.How This Boyfriend Graciously Put an End to the “Lies” Her TikTok had a snowball effect. Overnight, her post gained over 30k comments (and we'd advise against looking through them). While some of the comments encouraged the couple to "ignore the hate," most of the comments were devastating, calling the 18-year-old Phillips all kinds of awful names that we have chosen not to share with our readers.While we can only imagine how many tears Phillips must have shed behind closed doors, her devoted boyfriend Harrison, put the haters in their place in the simplest way. Harrison knew if he responded to each mean comment individually, it would only add fuel to the fire. After all, these mean spirited comments are written with the express purpose of hurting the feelings of those reading it.So instead, he posted this — and it was perfect."We're happy and that's all that matters. I love you sweetheart," he wrote.Young Woman Embodied True Confidence and It’s Inspiring Unfortunately, cyberbullying is a very real consequence of living in the digital age. Without even intending to, we have never been more accessible to thousands and thousands of people we've never even met. The good news is, we have seen the wide reach of the internet be used for good.The bad news is, we have also seen it used to spread hate. Emily Phillips's story is the perfect example of how damaging cyber bulling can be. But thankfully, her story doesn't end there. She chose to have an ever bigger impact, by not doing this one thing.Instead of removing her post, or turning off the comments, Phillips would not allow her haters to get the best of her. She left her post up — hateful comments and all. What happened next was even more incredible. Eventually women and men from all over chose to support this couple. They reminded her she was beautiful. They reminded her love wins. Emily Phillips refused to hide her body in shame — and hopefully her strength inspired others to do the same.It's easy to be a back seat driver. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," friends will dismissively advise. But when you're the target of hate, it takes a whole different kind of strength to withstand it.She took a heartbreaking situation and used it to uplift others. Shockingly, Emily Phillips is paving the way for women who struggle with self-esteem issues, one hateful comment at a time.More from Goalcast:Her Daughter Excluded Her Best Friend for Being “Too Fat” – Shocked Mom Takes Matters Into Her Own HandsWoman Goes to the Gym to Work Out – Breaks Down When She Hears These Startling Words From a ‘Hardcore’ Gym BroPlus Size Man and His Size 8 Wife Receive Rude Comments From Haters – Come Up With the Perfect Idea to Silence Them

Man Meets Up With Struggling Family at a Park - Theyre Shocked to See His Friend Standing Behind Them
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Man Meets Up With Struggling Family at a Park - Theyre Shocked to See His Friend Standing Behind Them

Losing someone you love is never easy. In grief, the best thing many of us can do is find a purpose in our loss and honor the person who is no longer with us. In that way, we create meaning in our lives and, hopefully, make a difference.Two parents who lost their child to cancer are determined to do exactly that. What they weren’t expecting, though, was a visit from one of the biggest celebrities in the world to help them do it.A Devastating LossEsperanza and Edwin are in mourning after losing their daughter, Lily Rose, to cancer in August 2023. But as they approach the year anniversary of her death, they’re finding solace in creating the Live for Lily Rose Foundation, a foundation dedicated to helping other children like her.The goal of the foundation is to turn devastation into comfort and joy for other families, thus extending the light that Lily had as far and wide as possible. It isn’t an easy journey, but it’s an important one that means a lot to the family.Isaiah Garza, a social media influencer whose purpose is to help others and do good, spent time with Lily Rose before she passed and knew the family well. When he learned they were putting their plans for a foundation into action, he called up a buddy for help: The Rock.In a video shared on Garza’s YouTube page, he met with the couple at a park and explained he had a friend who wanted to help them. “My friend wants to meet you guys. I told him your story, and I know it’s been a tough journey,” he explained before asking them to turn around. When they saw who was there, they were shocked.A Hidden ConnectionEsperanza began sobbing when she saw The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) standing there. Moana was one of Lily Rose’s favorite movies, and she particularly loved Maui. Johnson, of course, voiced Maui in the 2016 Disney film.“[Sometimes we] turn it on just to hear the music and to feel her… oh my God I’m in shock,” she said.“One of the last videos I have of my baby is singing that song with her,” Edwin added.“I’m so honored to meet you guys and I… our daughter is going to turn eight in about a month,” Johnson said. “Isaiah told me your story and I’m so sorry. I know what Lily Rose meant to you guys. It’s so heartbreaking, but there was something out of it that was really inspiring,” he continued, referencing the foundation.He then handed the grieving parents a check for $50,000. “She and I always talked about helping kids, and as she was passing, I made a promise to help kiddos in her name,” a tearful Esperanza said. “When she passed I said, ‘I have to do it. I have to do it.’ And we did.”Making a DifferenceThe parents couldn’t believe Johnson's generosity and promised that his contribution would make a big difference. Edwin added that he knew Johnson had been blessed and thanked him for giving back. He explained that’s what they want to do in Lily Rose’s memory now.“We were forced into a world that we knew nothing about. This monster, which is cancer tried to take her from us,” he choked out through tears. “And she fought and fought, and she lived another three beautiful years. I don’t know man, just thank you. That money’s going to go a long way to help a lot of kids,” he continued.“We’re going to help these kids because we lived it. We know it… we know that feeling as a parent. We really do want to help these families because these memories are all we have left.”Finding a PurposeIt’s impossible to watch the exchange without tearing up. Even The Rock was wiping away tears after meeting these beautiful parents who are doing everything they can to assign purpose and meaning to their daughter’s life. Lily Rose was taken too soon, but they will never, ever forget her.It’s such a powerful reminder to all of us who have experienced loss that by finding our own purpose and following the light, we, too, can take steps to heal. Grief is an awful beast that comes in waves and when you least expect it. Sometimes, the best way to deal with that is to know that the person you're grieving is with you in spirit.The pain never truly goes away, but by focusing on the positive and leaning into the good, we can somehow find healing and a way to carry on.More from Goalcast:How Vanessa Laine Bryant And Her Children Are Doing After Kobe Bryant’s DeathFallen Police Officer Leaves Eight Children Behind – 13 of His Colleagues Then Show Up at His 8-Year-Old Daughter’s Home'The Rock’ Surprises Man Who Took Him In When He Was Homeless With A $30K Truck

Moms Video About How She Deals With Her Hard Child Goes Viral - For All the Right Reasons
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Moms Video About How She Deals With Her Hard Child Goes Viral - For All the Right Reasons

It's no secret social media can make us feel bad about ourselves sometimes — we're endlessly scrolling through people sharing their perfect lives or perfect bodies and it can seem so much better than what we've got.Social media envy is real, but TikToker Hannah Flint is one of the momfluencers using her powers to keep it real.How One Mom Is Blocking out the HatersOn her page (@hannahflint_), the mother of 4 talks about taboo subjects like postpartum or normalizing not breastfeeding your baby. While everyone may not agree with her, Flint willingly puts herself in the line of fire. Sharing her hot takes, she's almost taunting the mommy-shamers to come out of the woodwork.But it seems Flint isn't sharing her opinions for the haters — she's here to make the women just like her, feel less alone.And it's safe to say, it's working.Hannah Flint/TikTokIn short, this is one mom that doesn't shy away from the hard-to-discuss topics — including what it's really like to parent the "hard child.""This is our 'hard child.' Our 'doesn't listen' child. Our 'do it myself' child..."Hannah Flint, TikTokIn Flint's now-viral TikTok, the tough-love mama shares how parenting the "hard child" can feel impossible — and why she even bothers putting up with it! Her answer may just surprise you.Watch Hannah Flint's Video:The video opens on a little girl in an apron with her blonde hair pulled back in a loose ponytail. When she turns to the camera, she's crying and it's clear she's just been throwing a tantrum. “The Hard Ones Are the Ones Who Will Change the World”In this heartwarming series of clips, Flint expertly cuts together an all-encompassing sample of the highs and lows that come with parenting the hard child. Her message is clear: there is no rose without a thorn."This is our 'hard child'...she is also our resilient child. fearless child. independent child. try anything child. The one who makes us laugh the most. And speaks her mind. So just in case you need a reminder on those hard days...the hard ones are the ones who will change the world."Hannah Flint, TikTokIn being able to step back in those difficult moments, Flint was able to see her daughter for the whole of who she is.While this realization may not seem groundbreaking on the surface, Flint's comment section tells a different story.“Hard Children” Everywhere Finally Felt SeenIn being unafraid to call 'a spade a spade,' Flint was able to start a conversation about how being difficult can be a curse and a blessing. "Thank you from all the 'hard' children who are now adults ❤️" @smithrachel21 wrote."I was the hard child. I’m outspoken passionate, and empathetic. My daughter is just like me. It’s hard, but I know she’ll do great things," @ms.patrick31 commented.You Have to Take the Good With the BadIf there's one thing Flint wants to remind us is that as a kid finding your sea legs (so to speak) is challenge.Yes, the child who doesn't listen may be more than you can handle on the days where you're just trying to get your grocery shopping done. Those are probably the days where you're grateful for your "responsible" rule-follower child.But on the days when you need a laugh or a pick-me-up, those are the days thank your lucky stars for that "hard child." Because they're also the ones who take charge and take chances. They are the "fearless" child and they are the change makers we need — at least that's how Flint sees it.More from Goalcast:People Are Sharing Their One “Simple Rule” That Would “Fix” the World – And the Replies Are GoldenWoman Goes With High School Sweetheart on a Date – Finds Out He’d Been Working on a Secret for Months16-Year-Old Becomes Homeless After Parents Ask Her to Move Out – Years Later, a Shocking Scene Changes Everything

People Are Sharing Their One Simple Rule That Would Fix the World - And the Replies Are Golden
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People Are Sharing Their One Simple Rule That Would Fix the World - And the Replies Are Golden

The world can be a pretty messed up place sometimes — and one Reddit thread is going viral when it asked a big question. Is there one simple rule we could follow that would change the world?The answers came pouring in some cliched, some funny, and some downright insightful — but they all have a common thread.Keep reading to see if you can figure it out...“Let Go or Be Dragged”@k.tolnoe/instagramu/civagigi shared an old proverb they heard at a mediation class that resonated with them. The verse "really changed the way I let myself worry about things," they wrote.But what does "let go or be dragged" really mean? This ancient proverb speaks on the power of surrender. Let go of the idea that you can control certain things, and don't waste your energy clinging on to these forces. Holding on to people, ideas, and things that don't serve us will only act like a handcuff and drag us in a direction that will only bring more pain.“Leave It Better Than You Found It”u/Narcoid wrote a short phrase, but it packs a big punch."Leave it better than you found it" is like a guide for making things a little brighter. It means that in whatever you do – whether it's a place, a relationship, or a project – try to leave a positive mark.Clean up after yourself, spread kindness in relationships, or add value to your work. It's about making the world around you a bit better than it was before, leaving a positive impact in your wake."Be Generous and Humble"u/suvenpan elaborated on the importance of generosity and humility: "Being generous and kind encourages us to perceive others in a more positive light and fosters a sense of community. Humility teaches you to improve and make a positive impact on the world."In other words, generosity is like the person who quietly pays for the coffee of the person in line behind them. The act of generosity often makes a ripple effect. "Paying it forward" inspires others to do the same. Being humble, is like the colleague who always gives credit to the team, even when they excel individually. Both generosity and humility, when woven together, create a narrative of making the world a better place — one small, genuine act at a time.“Listen More, Talk Less”"Listen more, talk less" is a straightforward piece of advice emphasizing the importance of being a good listener and practicing restraint in speaking.Listening more and talking less is like being a good friend. You know how sometimes when you share something, you just want someone to listen? So, when we really listen, we put down our thoughts for a moment, get present, and hear what others are saying. It's the quickest way to get out of selfishness and step into seflessness. Giving others a chance to share their stories too is the gift that keeps on giving. More often than not, we are more impacted by other people's experiences than we are by simply reliving our own.“Everyone Gets a Plate Before Anyone Gets Seconds”u/ehsteve23 wrote, "Everyone gets a chance at one [thing] before anyone gets seconds." This is a revised version of the original saying, "Everyone gets a plate before anyone gets seconds."And the idea applies to more than just two servings of dessert.What does this principle mean and why is it more relevant than ever?The idea of "Everyone Gets a Plate Before Anyone Gets Seconds" reflects the principle of fairness and inclusivity. It emphasizes the importance of ensuring that everyone's basic needs are met before anyone receives additional or surplus resources.In the context of our world today, marked by various global challenges and disparities, this concept advocates for equitable distribution of resources, opportunities, and support. It urges societies to prioritize addressing fundamental needs such as food, shelter, and healthcare for all, fostering a more just and compassionate approach to societal well-being.In a world grappling with issues of inequality, this idea serves as a reminder to prioritize the welfare of all individuals, promoting a more balanced and harmonious coexistence.“You Don’t Do, Initiate or Threat Any Harm Unto Others”u/ufrag expertly summarized the philosophy behind the "non-aggression principle"In other words — The non-aggression principle is a moral and ethical guideline. It suggests that individuals should avoid causing harm or initiating force against others, except in situations where it is necessary to defend oneself from harm. In short, it advocates for peaceful and voluntary interactions, emphasizing the importance of resolving conflicts through non-violent means. This idea is often associated with certain ethical frameworks, such as libertarianism (individual liberty + limited government). At its best it aims to promote a society built on cooperation, consent, and the respect for individual rights.“Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated”@k.tolnoe/instagramu/AlbanyGuy1973 shared an oldie but a goodie — otherwise known as "The Golden Rule."There's many different versions of this quote: "Love your neighbor as you love yourself""What you would avoid suffering yourself, seek not to impose upon others""Walk a mile in someone else's shoes"But whatever formulation it comes in, the fundamental concept is the same.The importance of the Golden Rule lies in its universality and simplicity. It encourages empathy and compassion by prompting individuals to consider how their actions might impact others. By treating others with kindness, respect, and fairness, people contribute to the creation of a more harmonious and cooperative society.The Golden Rule seeks to build positive relationships, reduce conflict, and promote a sense of shared humanity. It transcends cultural and religious boundaries, offering a common ethical ground that resonates with the basic desire for fairness and understanding in human interactions.We've definitely all heard this one — probably in kindergarten? But hopefully that isn't the last time we used it!“Use Your Turn Signals Properly”u/futilelord brought it home with this one. On a metaphorical level, "Use your turn signals properly" symbolizes the importance of clear communication and transparency in one's intentions or actions. It suggests being open, honest, and considerate in expressing your decisions or changes in direction, ensuring that others around you are aware of your plans. It encourages thoughtful communication to navigate relationships and situations with clarity and mutual understanding.ORHe really just means use your turn signals!One Rule Is Made Up of Many ActionsThe beauty of a "single rule" lies in its ability to encompass a multitude of actions. Take the Golden Rule, for instance — treating others as you want to be treated. It sounds simple, but within its embrace exists a myriad of behaviors: offering kindness, showing empathy, practicing patience, and extending respect. It's a guiding principle that, when translated into actions, ripples into countless deeds, both big and small. From a reassuring smile to a helping hand, each gesture contributes to the tapestry of a compassionate and interconnected world. In essence, one rule can unfold into a diverse array of actions, having a profound impact of simple yet meaningful behaviors.Even if there's "one rule" there's no "one way" to go about it — and that's the best news.More from Goalcast:Single Dad Gets Shamed For Hugging Gay Son, Reddit Has The Best ResponseWhich Life Event Would You Remove? Viral Reddit Thread Offers Raw Lesson About GratitudeStranger Pays Man’s $110 Bill After He Forgets His Wallet – Leaves 3 Words on His Receipt and Disappears

Man Crosses Paths With Fellow Uber Eats Delivery Driver - Their Conversation Reveals Something Shocking
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Man Crosses Paths With Fellow Uber Eats Delivery Driver - Their Conversation Reveals Something Shocking

Instagram account @bikingDC is putting a new twist on what it means to be an influencer. Instead of showing off flashy cars, expensive watches, or lavish vacations — account admin aka UberEats delivery driver, Joshua Cavallero has a different mission — and it's beautiful.During a routine pickup, Cavallero was shocked when he crossed paths with a fellow UberEats cyclist "grinding" on a broken foot.So he decided to help make his day — and his rent cheque!Who Is @bikingDC?With over 1M followers it's safe to say @bikingDC has an impressive reach, but not for the reason you think.The 26-year-old is, by all standards, just a regular guy. So how does he get so many people invested in his day-to-day life? His hook is simple really.It all started during the summer of 2022. With the help of his GoPro, @bikingDC has recorded over 400 videos sharing what his day looks like as a delivery cyclist in Washington, DC.His adventures around the city have made him somewhat of a local celebrity and have even spurred a series of copycats. But the main purpose of this account is to demonstrate and expose what it's really like in the customer service industry. Needless to say the days can be emotionally and physically demanding, but for one fellow cyclist, the seemingly "simple" job took a whole new toll on his body.He Was Going About His Business — Then It Turned PersonalDuring a routine pickup, Cavallero crossed paths with a fellow UberEats cyclist, Kevin Ross, 44. He struck up a conversation and it didn't take long for Cavallero to notice something was really wrong with this picture. "This guy is the definition of never giving up… I couldn’t believe that he was doing this."@bikingDCNot only was Kevin Ross riding a bike with backwards wheels but he had entered the restaurant propped up by a metal walker — and the reason is heartbreaking. A Car Crash Put Him in the Hospital for 2 WeeksRoss had a broken foot from injuries he had sustained weeks prior in a car accident. He spent two weeks in the hospital and accrued medical debt bills he couldn't come close to paying. To make matters worse his rent was overdue.It was an impossible situation with seemingly no solution.Time had already run out, so Ross did the only thing he could do. He turned on his UberEats deliveries, got on his bike with a broken foot, and pedalled to the next pickup. The very same day he met Cavallero he had planned to ask his neighbor for a loan to avoid eviction. But fate stepped in and what happened next was even better."I love how humble this guy was. He was talking about doing this like it was no big deal too."@bikingDCWatch the Viral Video Below: His Followers Raised Over $2,500The interaction was brief, but Cavallero was quick to make sure he grabbed Ross's CashApp username. Cavallero said he wanted to send him a "tip," but what he did instead was much more meaningful.Cavallero shared video on Instagram and TikTok with his followers and the exchange racked up millions of views. In his caption he gently nudged his audience in the direction of kindness.@bikingdc/ InstagramThe comments came pouring in...and so did the cash. The next time Ross checked his CashApp he couldn't believe his eyes. In a matter of minutes he had received over $2,500 — there must have been a mistake; but he was wrong, in the best way!Ross said he didn’t know at first where that money had come from. He didn’t know that Cavallero ran @bikingDC and posted his CashApp information along with the video of them meeting. When Ross finally saw Cavallero’s post, he read through hundreds of comments.“We Gave Our Money to the Right Guy”“Most of the comments were people showing me love,” Ross said. “I really, really appreciate the kindness of people. Not just the money. I went through all the comments and almost all of them are positive.”Once Ross found Cavallero's social media page, the UberEats cyclists were able to connect at a restaurant once again — but this time they weren't ordering to-go. Ross and Cavallero met up at a local Nando's. They caught up and as a gesture of good faith Ross insisted on paying for the meal. After much protesting, Cavallero let him.“I felt like I had to do something for him,” Ross told me. “He really helped me out and changed my life because I was struggling.”The Giving Kept Going!Cavallero posted the heartwarming follow-up video to his page, wrapping up this chapter with a sweet bow. He noted while his bike was still damaged, Ross planned to save up to repair the front rack. Within in hours a generous follower (@justalivingcaitlin) had donated one to Ross herself.Blessing Others Like We Want to Be Blessed“I used to want to be that guy who would get caught in a giveback video, where someone would walk up to me and be like, ‘Here’s $1,000 dollars!’” Cavallero shared with the Washington Post. Cavallero said he posted that video of Ross because he respected him. He also could relate to him. He himself started delivering for UberEats after he lost his job and needed to pay his bills.“I was so broke. I wanted someone to bless me. But it’s amazing to be able to be the person blessing people. Now, I’m the guy who can put someone’s CashApp out there with a sincere story and use my platform to get them back on their feet.”Cavallero's story is a great reminder that while we may not have the power to handout infinite cash to all those in need, we do have the power to bless others the way we want to be blessed, in ways both big and small.More from Goalcast:

Lonely Grandmother Expects Grandkids to Show Up but They Dont - Then, the Doorbell Rings
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Lonely Grandmother Expects Grandkids to Show Up but They Dont - Then, the Doorbell Rings

Many parents have heard the saying, “The days are long but the years are short.” That adage also rings true for many grandparents these days, especially the ones who helped care for their grandchildren before they grew up.That’s why TikTok’s latest trend is resonating with so many people. Because sometimes it’s just nice to relive the good old days and have a busy household again.A Heartwarming SurpriseRecently, many adult children have started showing up at their grandparents’ homes unannounced and ready for a sleepover. They come in with surprises and smiles, then inform their loved ones that they’re staying for the night.Many grab their siblings or cousins and show up as a group, setting the stage for an impromptu get-together. It's reminding senior citizens of what life was like when they were younger, and they’d take their grandkids for the night.Jesse Armstrong is one such TikToker who jumped on the trend. She called up her cousins, and they came from across the states to surprise their grandparents in Michigan just before Christmas.“I texted all of my cousins in a huge group chat, and I said, 'We have to do this. It would surprise them, and they would love it,'” Armstrong told Good Morning America. Sure enough, when eight of their grandchildren showed up, they did.“All night long, if the room got silent for a minute, [my grandfather] would tear up and he would just say, 'I just can't believe you guys did this. This is so exciting. This is the best present I could have ever asked for, and I want you all to know I love each and every one of you so much,'" Armstrong said.“It was just so emotional because of all the health things he's been going through.”A Grandparent’s ReactionSixty-seven-year-old Pam Fair had been warned by her daughter, Brandi, that her three grandkids might come to surprise her in Mississippi shortly before Christmas. But when they didn’t show up, she washed her face and put on her pajamas. Then the doorbell rang.At the front door were her three grandkids, aged 21, 23, and 23, along with two of their partners.“Surprised their Nana with a sleepover,” Brandi captioned a TikTok reel, which has received more than 5 million views. “They haven't done this since they were little.”Years ago, Brandi worked nights as a nurse, and the kids would stay with Pam. Recently, Pam has been lonely, though, and the surprise was very welcome. The family stayed up looking at old photos and playing games.“She was so excited,” Brandi told Today of her mom’s reaction.An Action Goes ViralSocial media can be full of weird trends, but many people agree that this isn’t one of them. Instead, many are praising the grandkids for organizing these sleepovers. Others are sharing memories of their own grandparents, some of whom have since passed on.“This is the best trend in internet history,” wrote one person.“I would give anything to have an adult sleepover at my nan’s. I miss that woman beyond belief. I hope I’ll have this one day with my own grandchildren,” another person added.“The thought of my grandkids showing up at the door would make my year!” added someone else.Planning the Perfect SurpriseThis trend is so beautiful because, at its core, it reminds us to always make time for the people we love. In that vein, there’s no better time than the present to share your presence. Pick up the phone and chat with your parents, siblings, or besties. Plan that lunch date. Or go ahead and surprise your grandparents — with or without making a video.If you do hop on the trend, remember to bring food, snacks, and any other necessities to keep the stress off your grandparents. Clean up before you leave, too!At the end of the day, no one really knows how much time we have, which is why it’s so important to make the most of the time we do have. Spending our moments with loved ones and creating these kinds of memories is invaluable, and not all the money in the world could ever buy them.More from Goalcast:Second Grader Makes a Promise to Himself – 16 Years Later, His Grandparents Didn’t Expect Him to Do ThisFourth Grader Nearly Loses Her Grandpa to Heart Disease — So She Starts Obsessively Jumping Rope to Save Lives‘Hi Megan, It’s Grandpa’ – Woman Answers Sad Text from Her Lonely Grandfather in the Best Way

Struggling Cashier Pays for Strangers Meal After He Told Her He Only Has $1 - Then She Finds Out the Truth About Him
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Struggling Cashier Pays for Strangers Meal After He Told Her He Only Has $1 - Then She Finds Out the Truth About Him

In the bustling routine of daily life, where faces blur into the crowd, individual stories often fade into the background. Yet, sometimes, a simple interaction can illuminate the extraordinary in the ordinary, reminding us of the unique stories each person carries.Enter MDMotivator, or Zachery Dereniowski, a man on a mission, known for his acts of kindness and dedication to mental health advocacy. Through his social media presence, Zach has become a beacon of hope, sharing his journey and inspiring others to open up about their struggles.What a Stranger Asked From a CashierPhoto by Anna TarazevichOn a particular day, Zach steps into a fast-food joint, not just for a quick bite but with a mission in mind. Approaching the cashier, Kim, he poses a simple yet revealing question: “What can I get for a buck?”The cashier, momentarily puzzled, scans the menu for the cheapest item. The options are limited, and nothing quite fits the bill. Then, an idea strikes her. She asks Zach if he likes hot dogs. When he says he does and asks about the cost, she tells him – $2.49, more than he’s asked to spend. But what comes next is unexpected. She offers to pay for it herself.Curious, Zach asks why she would do this for a stranger. The cashier’s response is heartwarming. “I’ve been there. I know what it’s like,” she said. In a moment of recognizing an opportunity to make a difference, she seized it, however small it might seem.“It sucks when nobody wants to help you,” Kim said.This gesture captures the essence of human connection – a simple act of kindness that speaks volumes. Zach, revealing his identity as MDMotivator, known for turning moments of kindness into viral stories, is about to add another chapter.How One Cashier Proved Small Acts Have a Huge ImpactIn exchange for the worker’s willingness to pay for his meal out of her pocket, Zach offers her a stack of cash from his own. After putting the initial dollar bill into her tip jar, he pulls out a handful of hundreds, totaling $1,000.When Zach later posted the interaction to his TikTok channel, it went viral, amassing over 5.4 million views on that platform alone. The video resonates because it reflects a universal truth: we all have the power to uplift others, no matter how small the action may be.But that wasn't it! Zach created a GoFundMe page for Kim, which has currently has $11,000.In the fast-paced world where moments often slip away unnoticed, this exchange serves as a powerful reminder. The seemingly mundane act of buying a hot dog becomes a symbol of empathy and connection. It's a testament to the fact that kindness, no matter how small, has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond the initial gesture.This story, shared by Zach, isn’t just about a meal or money; it's about the profound impact of compassion, reminding us that in the grand tapestry of life, each thread of kindness adds to the beauty of the whole.More from Goalcast:Woman Notices a Long Line of Hungry Customers at Whataburger – Their Interaction With Deaf Cashier Goes Viral91-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Can Finally Retire Her Cashier Job – All Because She Took Matters Into Her Own HandsMan Writes a LinkedIn Post After His 59-Year-Old Dad Lost His Cashier Job – And the Response Was Shocking

Man Challenges Athlete to a Race Because He Thinks Women Cant Beat Men - Her Response Goes Viral
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Man Challenges Athlete to a Race Because He Thinks Women Cant Beat Men - Her Response Goes Viral

While stereotypes can be dangerous, sometimes they can be downright funny. Thankfully, one college athlete knew just what to do when an overconfident peer thought he could beat her at her own game — literally.When Will We Learn to Stop Underestimating Women?A recent TikTok video is going viral for all the right reasons!University of Virginia track and field athlete Alahna Sabbakhan (@lahnazak), was at crossroads. The scholarship athlete was shocked when she was challenged to a race by a male acquaintance who insisted "no woman could beat him."The best part? Her challenger wasn't even an athlete. What's even more bizarre was her challenger brought his family along to see his projected "big win." He Couldn’t Have Been More WrongIt all started during one of Alahna's routine workouts.The track star had been minding her own business, when her boyfriend's friend showed up out of the blue and insisted on competing against her in 400-meter race. Despite the absurdity of his claims, the 22-year-old track star embraced the opportunity before her. Instead of choosing to be insulted by his overconfidence, she chose to turn it into a powerful lesson for everyone watching...and the results couldn't have been more perfect.He Didn’t Realize He’d Just Picked the Hardest RaceDuring the first half of the 400-meter race, she cheekily kept pace with her challenger, who "does not run" regularly, she said in the video. "He didn't really know what to challenge me in," she says. "He was like, 'Yeah, I could beat her in the 400' — not realizing that that was one of the hardest track events and that was one of my secondary events."Alahna SabbakhanAt the 150 meter mark, her challenger wrongly thought they were neck and neck — he didn't realize he'd already overexerted himself whereas Alahna was just getting started.After the first 200 meters passed, her competitor fell off. At the same time, Alahna picked up the pace to "finish hard, because that's what you do as a track runner," she shared.It wasn't long before the gap between them widened drastically and Alahna was the clear winner, leaving her overconfident competitor in the dust.Maybe someone should have warned him to stay in his own lane (literally)!She Had Nothing To Prove — "Just to Clarify, I Did Not Want to Race This Man"Even though he was totally out of his field, Alahna wasn't looking to school anyone.In her video Alahna clarifies she was a reluctant participant; "I did not want to race this man. I was already at the track with my boyfriend doing a workout, and he came to join."More than anything, the athlete — who runs a successful TikTok page sharing diet and fitness tips — wanted to remind her followers to not let other people's opinions of you get in your head!TikTok / @lahnazak"My mom tells me this all the time: You already won. You already got your college scholarship, earned your athlete status," she continues. "So I don't think me racing some random guy at the track is really going to determine anything for me."Nearly 12 million views later, it's clear Alahna's story made its mark.With millions of views and climbing, the virality of the video speaks to the "universal experience" of having our years of hard work questioned and why it's important to block out the noise and keep your eyes on the prize.Finish Strong for Yourself — One Athlete’s Inspiring Message for People EverywhereWhen it comes to confidence, Alahna shared her story as a reminder of why it's so important to not compare yourself to others."Focus on your journey and your progress and where you used to be and where you want to be, because it's just going to waste your time and drain your energy to be focused on everyone else," she says.Keep realistic and motivating goals. "If you're writing them down and reminding yourself of (your goals) every day, then that really helps block out that extra noise," she says. "That's been helping me not care about the negative things people are saying to me because of that video. I'm just reminding myself about how I have bigger goals."

Residents of a Small Town Trick UPS Driver - What He Found Overwhelmed Him to Tears
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Residents of a Small Town Trick UPS Driver - What He Found Overwhelmed Him to Tears

Everyone wants to feel seen and appreciated in life. Knowing and feeling your purpose can be essential to our overall well-being and our mental health, which is why it’s so important to show people that you appreciate them and care.One small town in Pennsylvania did exactly that one year when they saw just how hard their local UPS driver was working for them and how he went above and beyond to ensure they had the best experience possible.An Exemplary EmployeeDauphin, Pennsylvania, is the type of town you might picture in a Hallmark Christmas movie. There are no traffic lights, and everyone looks out for one another. As of 2021, the population was less than 800 people, making it a tight-knit community.“Blink and you’ll miss it,” resident Joe Calhoun told Today. “But there is something so special here. It’s a small town with a big heart.”UPS driver Chad Turns doesn’t live in Dauphin, but the town is part of his delivery route. Over the years, the driver has endeared himself to the residents with his thoughtfulness and kindness. He carries dog treats for the local pups, for example.“The whole town has had personal experience with Chad,” Adam Shickley told CNN about Turns. “He once thought a package was a gift, and there was a picture on the front. My kids were playing outside, so he waited until his shift was done and came back to make sure they didn’t see it.”“On Facebook, another friend mentioned there was a package that needed signing and they weren’t home,” Jenny Shickley added to Today. “Chad was nervous that it was important, so he went to their parents' house to get it signed for them.”Rough Times for DriversIn 2020, when the pandemic hit, and stay-at-home orders were in place, Turns was still out there making his deliveries. In fact, because so many people were ordering things to their homes, he was busier than ever. That didn’t stop his sunny disposition, but it did make his job a lot harder.The residents noticed and began commenting on how great Turns was doing on the town's Facebook page.“He’s been working 60-80 hour weeks for a year,” Jenny Shickley told Today. “He’s been working Christmas-style hours for 365 days.”Eventually, Shickley was inspired to do something to show Turns how much he meant to all of them. So she organized a “Thank You, Chad” event through social media and rallied everyone to contribute to a group gift.“The funny thing is I meant to set it up for $300, but it set to $500,” she shared. “It hit $500 within two days, and the total wound up being a little over $1,000.”An Epic SurpriseOrganizers worked with UPS dispatch to surprise Turns. One day, the company arranged for Turns' last stop to be an on-demand pickup at the municipal building. The driver thought he was heading out to pick up a box, but when he arrived, community members were standing there holding signs.“It was very overwhelming,” Turns told Today. “The idea that they even thought of me to do anything... to go above and beyond and do what they did was truly amazing to me.”Turns added that he always feels the town’s generosity and noted people often offer him water or cookies as he goes about his route. But this particular act of kindness was a true gift that made him tear up.“I cried,” he said, adding that his wife also teared up. “I always call her when I leave work, and she asks me how my day was. It was a tearjerker. It was very touching and humbling.”“Chad is a great UPSer and has been delivering to Dauphin residents for more than a decade,” UPS spokesperson Jackie Fajt told CNN in a statement. “Celebrations like this really highlight the bond our drivers have with their customer base. We appreciate that UPS drivers like Chad are being recognized for how they are moving our world forward.”Spreading KindnessSo often, we forget about the people in our lives who help make our daily routines easier. The people who make our coffee at the drive-through. Those who deliver our parcels or pick up our trash. The teachers who help to educate our children.This story reminds us that by taking time to thank people, even through small gestures, we can help to make them feel seen and appreciated. Whether that’s offering someone a glass of water, giving them a thank you card, or organizing something bigger, like this town did, every action matters.After all, acts of kindness can make the world a happier place for us all.More from Goalcast:Mom Notices UPS Driver Leave a Message on Her Door Cam – What He Said Changed both Their LivesUPS Driver Goes Viral for Taking Adorable Selfies With Dogs He Meets During Delivery RouteUPS Driver Trusts Instinct And Stops To Check On Resident – Ends Up Saving A Life